The Craig Fahle Show

The Geography of America's Music Scenes

by: Travis Wright

In a recent column on the Atlantic Cities blog, Richard Florida, a Senior Editor at The Atlantic and author of Rise of the Creative Class, wrote about the geography of music in America.

One of his colleagues analyzed figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the concentration of musicians, as well as numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis regarding music and recording industry businesses. The result was a “Metro Music Index” which ranked cities and metro areas across the nation.

Not surprising was that Nashville came in first, just ahead of New York.

A little more unexpected was that Detroit was ranked 37th, while Kalamazoo tied with New Orleans for eighth overall.

Florida recently spoke with WDET’s Travis Wright about the role music plays in creating a knowledge economy, as well as the flaws of the figures, and what Detroit might learn from Nashville.